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Clean + Simple Card: Christmas Scottie - Watercolor Background Masking

Hey friends! I still have lots more to share with you from the 2022 July-December Mini Catalog from Stampin' Up!, including this adorable Christmas Scottie stamp set. This set is actually part of a bundle with a coordinating Scottie dog punch, however, we won't be using the punch for today's card. Although the title of the stamp set contains "Christmas", this won't be a Christmas card, either. I wanted to show you an all-season option for using this stamp set. It's much more versatile than the title implies! Also, in celebration of World Watercoloring Month, I'm sharing a watercolor background masking technique and showing you one way that you can use our new masking paper. You can watch how I put the card together HERE. For a closer look at the cards, please see photos below...

This was such a fun card to create! I love to watercolor, and it was delightful using the new masking paper from Stampin' Up! to create the striped background for this card. It's always fun to use a specific themed stamp set for a card that isn't in the intended theme, too, because it really helps to stretch your stamping dollars AND your creativity. The card I made today could be used for Valentine's Day, Birthday or sent to anyone you love, for any reason!! It would be a cute one to send to a daughter or grand-daughter off to her first year of college, or maybe to someone who lives "across the miles" as a way to remind them that they are in your thoughts.

So I started with a piece of our Fluid 100 watercolor paper that measured 4-1/4 x 2-3/4" and I cut three strips of masking paper that measured about 3-1/4" x 1/2". I arranged the masking paper across the watercolor paper using the gridlines of my placemat to make sure they went on relatively straight. I used Polish Pink ink and my broad tip water painter brush to watercolor on the Polished Pink ink and create those cute stripes, removing the masking paper when I was finished painting and allowing the panel to dry while I stamped and fussy-cut out the Scottie dog image. I waited about 20 minutes and finished putting the card together.

I hope you'll give this masking technique a try--it's good fun and adds an interesting background to your focal image.

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